Life in Finnish dorms and student flats
Finnish universities accept new degree students in numerous ways. The application period takes place once or twice a year, depending on the study program and university. Some universities and study programs require taking an entrance examination, some focus on evaluating the applicants on the basis of their secondary school degree. In any case, Finns usually leave their parents and start establishing their own homes at the time of entering university.
Tampere has declared itself the “Most Student Friendly City in Finland” – more info: https://www.opiskelijantampere.fi/en/
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There are plenty of possibilities to find a place to stay in Tampere. Tampere Student Housing Foundation and several rental companies as well as private providers offer housing for students. Affordable living costs are one of the reasons why students choose Tampere.
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Student healthcare providers offer targeted low-threshold services designed to provide long-term health benefits for students. The range of services includes general health care, dental care and mental health services.
Tampere Universities have two student unions, one for students at Tampere University (TREY) and one for students at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMKO). There are field-specific student organizations as well. TREY and TAMKO both protect the interests of students, provide services for members and foster a sense of community among students.
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SportUni provides high quality and versatile sport services for students and personnel of Tampere Universities. You can use three campuses’ services for just one affordable fee! Click here to redirect to SportUni
In 2020, Tampere Universities are developing a new programme for all our international students, called Study & Stay.
The goal of the programme is to help international students integrate and find their way into Finnish working life, making it possible for them to stay here and become a member of Finnish society.
Elements of the Study & stay programme will include help with integration, working life, Finnish language and culture, mentoring, entrepreneurial skills development and more.
New students will be guided more clearly to the right services inside and outside of University and will get access to a package filled with activities, possible courses and events all designed specifically for their needs.
The programme is being developed in collaboration with the City of Tampere and local stakeholders and will be piloted in fall 2020.